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beat
Part of Speech: Noun
Results: 32
Part of Speech: noun
1. A stroke; a blow.
2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse.
5. One that beats, or surpasses, another or others; as, the beat of him.
6. The act of one that beats a person or thing
7. The act of obtaining and publishing a piece of news by a newspaper before its competitors; also, the news itself; a scoop.
9. A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
10. A sudden swelling or reenforcement of a sound, recurring at regular intervals, and produced by the interference of sound waves of slightly different periods of vibrations; applied also, by analogy, to other kinds of wave motions; the pulsation or throbbing produced by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison. See Beat, v. i., 8.
Part of Speech: present participle, verbal noun
1. of Beat
Part of Speech: verb
1. To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
2. To move with pulsation or throbbing.
6. To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat.
7. To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
8. A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat.
10. To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; - said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
11. A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; - often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat.
Part of Speech: verb transitive
1. To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as, to beat one's breast; to beat iron so as to shape it; to beat grain, in order to force out the seeds; to beat eggs and sugar; to beat a drum.
2. To punish by blows; to thrash.
5. To tread, as a path.
6. To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass.
7. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
9. To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; - often with out.
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